My 2022 Pride Month TBR!!

Kicking off my summer by reading the best books: the gay ones!

As I do every year, I’m reading only queer books for the entirety of June to celebrate Pride month. I always feel like I’m not reading a lot of queer books even though I do, so it’s always nice to dedicate a whole month to them. And of course, with my whole trying-different-genres thing, I’m especially excited to explore all types of them!

As I’ve noticed all my TBRs have become, this is less a strict TBR and more a list of options for me to pick and choose from, based on my mood! My reading has been very slow in the past few months, and I’ll be busy doing fun things in Thailand anyway, so I’m simply hoping to read at least 5 books (half of these books).

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My 2022 Asian Heritage Month TBR!

It’s my favorite time of year!

Asian Heritage Month in May is quickly approaching, and as I do every year, I’m reading only books by Asian authors to celebrate it! I always love compiling a list of all-Asian authors/books to dedicate my time to—though I pretty much do that all year anyway—and this year, I’m extra excited to have a wide range of books.

Unfortunately, one thing will be a bit different this year. I’m taking exams for the first three weeks of May (which is why I’ve been absent this whole month), then leaving for Thailand at the end of the month. As a result, my TBR this year is not a list of books that I 100% plan to read, and more of a list of options for me to pick from! I’m hoping to read at least 5, but it all depends on the state of my brain during/after exams, and I’m not very hopeful… since it already feels like it’s melting…

Regardless, any number of books is great, especially because all of my picks look so GOOD!!!

*Note: This month is usually called Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, but I say Asian Heritage Month because 1) I don’t want to exclude non-Americans, 2) Pacific Islanders are vastly different from Asians and some have voiced concerns over being grouped with Asians, and because my list of authors is focused on Asians, it would be disingenuous to falsely say that this is a TBR of Asians & PI authors.

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10 Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

Usually I’m terrible at sticking to TBRs…

…especially year-end ones like this. But that’s not going to stop me from making another one!! I’m honestly very excited about all of the books on this TBR, and I’m hoping that this time I will defy my low expectations of myself and actually read these all.

With 44 books left to read in less than 3 months that are not going to get any less hectic for me, I’m very much doubting my ability to reach my usual 100-book yearly reading goal. So! I’m trying to focus more on what books I’ll read before the end of the year rather than how many. I’m also trying to direct my energy towards my other major reading goal—to expand what types of books I read—which played a big role in my decision for what books I’d put on this TBR!

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My June TBR for Pride Month!

Hi, it’s me back from the dead again…

I realize I have been absent from the blog the whole month, which was on accident mainly because of demanding schoolwork/finals. But I swear that I’ll be more active again now that I finally am finished with my school year AND I finally have content ideas for June! Which is Pride Month, aka the time of year I dedicate my reading to only queer books—I’ll be sharing my Pride TBR today and I am very excited to read all the books on it.

I tried to pick a lot of QPOC books and authors because that’s important to me (though to be honest, I really don’t care that much for white gay books anymore so it wasn’t necessarily difficult to pick QPOC books). I also don’t like emphasizing ownvoices books or author identity when it comes to queer books, but almost all of these authors are out as queer, and many are trans. So I’m happy with how this TBR turned out!

(Another shoutout to Ju for buddy reading literally half of these books with me.)

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My May TBR for Asian Heritage Month!!

It’s almost one of my favorite times of the year!

Every year during Asian Heritage Month in May, I try to read only books by Asian authors. I read these throughout the whole year, of course, so this is just a special month dedicated to only Asian stories! And I think I have an especially amazing list for this year. I tried to pick from a wide range of authors (aka ensuring I’m not reading only East Asian authors) and included a nonfiction book for the first time, and I honestly feel like I’m going to love most—if not all—of these books!!

A note on why I say Asian Heritage Month instead of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month: 1) while Asian and Asian American experiences are different, I think a month celebrating Asian people and identity shouldn’t exclude non-Americans, and 2) Pacific Islanders have discussed issues with being grouped with Asians in the term AAPI before, and also, this list doesn’t have any PI authors so using that term would be misleading!

Also, shoutout to Julianna for buddy reading like half of these with me (and shoutout because she just came back from hiatus and you should check her blog out!). 

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